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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Sep 21, 2013 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's Really Quite Simple

The Ella Fitzgerald "disconnection story" is what we have in Fort Collins so our community could forget about her, and get a new football stadium instead!

In 2004, the Fort Collins Downtown Strategic Plan identified several alleys in the Downtown area as an untapped opportunity for enhanced pedestrian connections. A couple of years later, UniverCity Connections reinforced this notion and suggested the alley network between CSU and Downtown could establish a unique physical link between CSU, Old Town Square and the Poudre River District.

Several alleys in old town have been upgraded as of today, Sept 21, 2013. Upgrades include: bricks and stone work installed for the roadway surface; poles installed with LED lighting; flowers in planters with a drip irrigation system were mounted on these poles; and benches, tables, more plants and lighting, and extra bicycle parking was added along the alley's pathways.

Nearby my home in downtown Fort Collins are three alleys connected together named The West Myrtle Alley. It is located near Colorado State University and connects to Myrtle Street, College Avenue, Mason Street, and Laurel Street. The emphasis on Myrtle Alley's contemporary design is reflected in the lighting fixtures, planters, spiraling hanging baskets, custom benches, and ripple patterned paving. The upgrade was completed in 2011. A pedestrian-only portion was incorporated into the south end which borders the main campus of Colorado State University, creating vibrant and festive spaces on both public and private property.

The alley integrates a “shared-street” concept in which pedestrians and vehicles share the same enhanced space. The shared street is a positive compromise that preserves functionality and access for businesses and provides visitors with fun, vibrant and logical connections between downtown neighborhoods and the CSU campus. It was rebuilt as part of a Downtown Development Authority project to beautify and energized alleys in the downtown area. About $1.1 million was spent upgrading The West Myrtle Alley.

Names of jazz greats John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday were recommended for the three alleys comprising The West Myrtle Alley as a way to tie in with their arts-and-culture decor. I remember telling people how cool this was, and I remember saying how proud I was to live here. The Chamber of Commerce will tell you we have a huge live music scene in Fort Collins featuring more and more bands; a growing list of new clubs, live music venues and festivals; and a huge music-for-profit business scene that Fort Collins financial leaders are always bragging about.


But these jazz greats' names didn’t fly too long because the local haters, venom-spewers, our redneck mayor, and several council members saw no connection between the names of these jazz legends and our fake-plastic community at large. So it was "blow me Ella, Billie, and John". Fort Collins City Council and city leaders voted to "redact" their names from West Myrtle Alley in 2012. They went back to the drawing board.

A new duplicitous committee including local historians and nearby property owners was brought in to brainstorm names that create an elitist connection to the city and Colorado State University. The group worked though a lot of ideas, and these are the names they came up with: Robert Dalzell, Franklin Corbin and Ruth Jocelyn Wattles. Ever heard of them? Me neither.


Ella's "visible footprint" in Fort Collins is zero, ziltch, none, notta, nothing! Her swing and jazz musical influences on the Fort Collins music scene are enormous and immeasurable.

CSU's footprint in Fort Collins is gigantic, and it's growing on steroids!

Now Old Town Fort Collins is now bursting with more green and gold hats, t-shirts, and key chains than ever before, as the new Colorado State University Ram Zone store just opened.

The store, located at 172 N. College Ave. in the space formerly occupied by the Mountain Shop, will be the first of its kind run by CSU in Fort Collins. The CSU Bookstore and Department of Athletics are co-sponsoring the business, which will provide fans the opportunity to buy unique Rams gear and purchase tickets for upcoming sporting events in the same place.

“We’ve got a great location, and I think this will be a very nice representation of CSU Athletics, the on-campus bookstore and CSU as a whole,” said John Parry, director of the CSU Bookstore in the Lory Student Center. “We’re trying to get some additional visibility in Fort Collins, and this is a great opportunity to be part of Old Town.”


I am not anti-CSU, nor am I pro-CSU. I am anti-establishment, especially when it comes to idiotic behavior like this boner about hating our jazz greats. We already have another Ram Zone store next to the West Myrtle Alley. Now we have two of them, not to mention, CSU is getting a new $250 million football stadium.


Please write to the Fort Collins city leaders and make comments urging them to rename the three lanes in West Myrtle Alley to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, and John Coltrane. Thank you. You can reach the City Manager, Mayor, and City Councilpersons in Fort Collins by using this single email address -


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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 21, 2013 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's Really Quite Simple

Monte you of all folks should know it's all about the money, what's corporate, what is acceptable by the meatsticks [thanks Skobud for the new insult] who sit in public office ... please, how many jobs did Ella and company create, how many shareholders got rich off her?? no no no, in the USA, it's money talks, art walks

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Sep 23, 2013 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: It's Really Quite Simple

posted earlier by me - In the U.S.A.: the 99 percent needs to Man-up! and become a 'good-American worker-boy'; The Greedy One Percent wants to screw you and your future in every possible way; STFU and become a 'risk-taker'; you can succeed by 'reinventing yourself'; real skills, creativity, music, improvisation, problem-solving, good jobs, school teachers, and union trades are Pure EVIL; The American Worker's goal today is to 'become an Entrepreneur'; American citizens must take on an enormous six-figure student-loan debt; upon 'graduation' you'll move into the basement of your parent's home; from there you'll 'make it' on 'your own' somehow; you must work hard on the job, 6 days a week, 15 hours a day, 100-plus hours per week - which ever is longer; if you get sick and can't afford Health Care - just die; The World belongs to The Greedy One Percent; Trust in The Market while we screw your future! How simple is that?

How many jobs did Ella and company (Bing Crosby) create? Countless thousands of jobs were created by them in our Entertainment Industry!!!, and I was in the middle of ALL of IT - having a thirty-year-long career in Broadcasting, and I keep thanking them over and over for IT!

Bing Crosby's first taped radio show on The Archive
Monte's Taper Compendium

• posted earlier by me, and reposted today: Bing Crosby's true legend is way under the radar

220px-Bing_Crosby_1942.jpgHarry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. A multimedia star from 1934 to 1954, Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations. This allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.

Crosby exerted an important influence on the development of the post-war tape recording industry. He worked for NBC at the time and wanted to record his shows. Most broadcast networks did not allow recording. This was mainly because of the quality of recording at the time. While in Europe performing during World War two, Crosby had witnessed tape recording, on which The Crosby Research Foundation would come to have many patents. The company also developed equipment and recording techniques such as the Laugh Track which are still in use today.

In 1947, he invested $50,000 in the Ampex company, which built North America's first commercial reel-to-reel tape recorder. He left NBC to work for ABC because NBC was not interested in recording at the time. This proved beneficial because ABC accepted him and his new ideas. Crosby then became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. He gave one of the first Ampex Model 200 recorders to his friend, musician Les Paul, which led directly to Paul's invention of multi-track recording. Along with Frank Sinatra, Crosby was one of the principal backers behind the famous United Western Recorders recording studio complex in Los Angeles.

When his recording of White Christmas hit the streets in weary, war-torn 1942, it became the biggest-selling single of all time and launched the Christmas music industry we know today (Christmas music, while hardly unknown, was not a major industry before this). In 1946, he revolutionized the entire broadcast industry by insisting on tape recording his radio programs for future broadcasting, the second most important development in 20th century entertainment after the advent of films with sound.

Bing Crosby and the 12-channel prototype "Bing Crosby video tape recorder"